This general magazine was most famous under the editorship of John O'Sullivan (1837-1846), when the combination of literature of real excellence with vigorous articles on political, economic and social questions made it an important periodical. Contributors included Bryant, Hawthorne, Whittier, Lowell, and Longfellow, and these writers continued for ten years to enrich the Democrat's pages, doing much to give it the good literary standing it enjoyed in the years 1837-1846. It also contained good comparatively lively tales, poetry, and book reviews. But less literary articles on questions of national policy afforded the piece de resistance of each issue. Portraits of famous statesmen appeared throughout the years, and taken altogether, the file furnishes an interesting portrait gallery. In 1846 financial disaster overtook Sullivan and the Democratic review passed into other hands.
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